NSTI Nanotech 2009

New Value from Boron Hydride Clusters: Superior Protection of Metal Surfaces against Corrosion and the Reversible Sequestration of Small Gas Molecules

T. Base, M.G.S. Londesborough, J. Bould
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, CZ

Keywords: boron hydride, cluster, carborane, metallaborane, protection, silver, surface, sensor, small molecule


We are concerned with investigating and exploiting the unique properties of boron hydride clusters in nanotechnology. One theme that we are currently developing and in which we are building IP is the modification of surfaces, in particular silver, with mono-molecular layers of boron hydride clusters. Aside from the chemical protection of surfaces, modification with boron clusters can offer additional advantageous features to surfaces. We have shown recently that several metallaborane clusters can selectively and reversibly take up and release small gas molecules such as O2, CO, SO2 and others.
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